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  1. devast8R

    mITX Build

    Thanks, I should elaborate, I'm giving my old computer to my parents, and gifting myself a new one. Diablo 3 plays fine. So, I'm not really hitting a bottle neck. From that point of view, should I go to the cheapest current i3? I have no idea what a comparable video card is to what I currently have. So I guess I'm asking what parts can I get that will get the total to be less than $1000, such that the performance isn't worse than what I currently have.
  2. Gday, I need some feedback as to whether the following is an upgrade to what i built last year. http://forums.atomicmpc.com.au/index.php?s...t&p=1088030 This is what I eventually bought (might be the same as the above link): Qty. Product Total 1 Microsoft Windows 8 64bit OEM $99.00 1 Gigabyte GA-Z77N-WIFI Mini ITX Motherboard $129.00 1 SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive 120GB $112.00 1 Silverstone SG05 Black Cube with 450W $145.00 1 Intel Core i3 3225 $135.00 1 Gigabyte Radeon HD7770 1GB Overclocked $125.00 1 G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL (2x4GB) DDR3 $75.00 Sub-Total: $820.00 eParcel Standard: $24.00 GST Included: $76.73 Total:$844.00 Here's what I'm thinking about getting: CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.00 @ PCCaseGear) Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($165.00 @ PCCaseGear) Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($105.00 @ PCCaseGear) Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.00 @ PCCaseGear) Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($219.00 @ PCCaseGear) Case: Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear) Power Supply: Silverstone Strider 600W 80+ Silver Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.00 @ PCCaseGear) Total: $1015.00 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-24 11:09 EST+1000) http://au.pcpartpicker.com/user/sirbob/saved/4nK8 This doesn't include the OS even, so that'd be another $120 I think. I really don't want to spend more than $1000 including the OS on this, but at the same time I don't want to go backwards compared to what I had previously. All I'm using the computer for is playing Diablo 3, using VMWare View to work from home, and browsing the internet. I think the CPU and Video card is killing me, but I don't know what to get there. It doesn't have to be an i5, but as said I don't want to go backwards. Thanks.
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    mITX build for inlaws

    Thanks for the feedback. Inlaws had an external DVD drive. I'll probably borrow it. Cabling for monitor should be fine. I would have been happy to buy a new monitor to go with it if it really wasn't compatible. The goal posts have moved. I've decided to keep the new one and pass the old one on. Here's what I'm going to get for myself (I think the memory is now 1600): Microsoft Windows 8 64bit OEM Microsoft Windows 8 64bit OEM In stock $99.00 $99.00 Gigabyte GA-Z77N-WIFI Mini ITX Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z77N-WIFI Mini ITX Motherboard In stock $129.00 $129.00 SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive 120GB SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive 120GB In stock $112.00 $112.00 Silverstone SG05 Black Cube with 450W Silverstone SG05 Black Cube with 450W In stock $145.00 $145.00 Gigabyte Radeon HD7770 1GB Overclocked Gigabyte Radeon HD7770 1GB Overclocked In stock $125.00 $125.00 Intel Core i3 3225 Intel Core i3 3225 In stock $135.00 $135.00 G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL (2x4GB) DDR3 G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL (2x4GB) DDR3 In stock $75.00 $75.00 Sub-Total: $820.01 Don't know where the 0.01 came from, largely the same criteria, but I would want to play Diablo 3. I cannot justify changing the CPU. In my current setup I have a Gigabyte 8600 GT. It plays Diablo 3 adequately, I'd like a video card which is better, but I don't want to spend too much more than is already there.
  4. Gday, I have been asked to build a small computer for the wife's parents, and am unaware of what the tech is like out there these days. I thought about building an Intel NUC based system, but I suspect the lack of USB ports would be a little inconvenient for them. There are no brownie points for building a super duper system. I believe the requirements would be needs to be able to run Office, play YouTube, play music CDs, web chat. No gaming (this doesn't include browser based games using flash) and no overclocking. Here's what I've thought up: Antec ISK 300-150 Mini-ITX Case Antec ISK 300-150 Mini-ITX Case In stock $92.00 ASRock H61MV-ITX Motherboard ASRock H61MV-ITX Motherboard In stock $65.00 Intel Core i3 3220T Intel Core i3 3220T In stock $132.00 G.Skill Ripjaws F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH (2x2GB) DDR3 G.Skill Ripjaws F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH (2x2GB) DDR3 In stock $45.00 SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive 120GB SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive 120GB In stock $112.00 Microsoft Windows 8 64bit OEM Microsoft Windows 8 64bit OEM In stock $99.00 ^^ $545 All from http://www.pccasegear.com/ I'd prefer to get everything from one place. I don't have a set budget, but under $700 would be good. I have access to an external DVD drive, so I should have no problems installing Windows. Will I have any compatibility issues? On a Gigabyte motherboard, it said a BIOS upgrade would be required for Ivy Bridge bases processors. I want to avoid having to do things like that. I don't want to buy a graphics card. I assume that means I need to get an Intel processor with a T in the code? Comments on the individual components would be good, eg, the other $45 memory would be better for one reason or another, etc etc. Thanks.
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    Diablo III

    Gday, I can't remember the last time I played a computer game, but it was most definitely Diablo 2, so I'd say it's been about 7-10 years? Some guys at work were talking about Diablo 3 on Tuesday and suddenly I really want to play it. I've gotten permission from the wife to play, so, if someone could help me out. I have the follow system: Intel Core i3 2100T G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL (2x4GB) DDR3 OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD Gigabyte GA-H67N-USB3 Mini-ITX Motherboard B3 Silverstone SG06 Black Cube Mini-ITX Case Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM I got that a bit over a year ago, without ever intending to play a PC game again, ie no graphics card. I don't think the integrated graphics will work will it? But everything else should be okay? What do people think about the following card: Gigabyte HD6450 1G Silent VGA/DVI/HDMI $47 http://www.orangeit.com.au/catalog/product...roducts_id=2843 ^^ I work in North Sydney, so this place is the only convenient computer shop for me. I don't have an optical drive in this system, but I guess, I can open it up and connect a spare one just to install the game. Or can I download the files, install it, and use the key from a retail box? I'm reading that there is a guest pass too? I'm with iiNet, and was wondering if there is a link to the software corresponding to the guest pass? http://games.on.net/filelist.php?searchapp...;mainoption.y=0 ^^ One of those? Thanks
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    CD Label Printing

    Gday, I've used the template in Microsoft Word to create a CD label, and I would like to print it direct to the disc, rather than on some sticky paper and then placing it on. I want to make five copies. I'm going to have to buy blanks too, but I assume that Office Works/JB HiFi/etc will have that. I need to do this tomorrow night. I live in Sydney so is there a place in the city that I can do this? I don't think Office Works can do this on the spot? Thanks.
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    Hosting Images

    Gday, I want to store all my images on the internet, and have some kind of gallery, eg Picasa, Flickr Right now, I have a domain and hosting, which gives me unlimited space and limited bandwidth. I don't care so much about the bandwidth, but I do care about being able store everything. I have Gallery 2.something setup, and haven't been able to successfully convert that to Gallery 3. The host actually sent me notice because I had too much duplicate data, mostly due to me attempting to convert to G3. At this point in time, I have about 26GB of images. I used to play with the website for fun, PHP, SQL etc, but can't be bothered/no time anymore, so I'm thinking about stopping the hosting (and possibly the domain too) in favor of something else. I was going to try Wordpress.com and Picasaweb with the kpicasa plugin, but Wordpress.com doesn't allow plugins. I think I pay under $100 for the hosting and domain, so a solution less than that would be good. I'm after ideas right now, which aren't too complicated. I don't really want multiple SkyDrives or Dropboxes. Thanks.
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    Wireless USB dongle

    Thanks Master_Scythe. Never heard of TP Link before, but they seem to have a good rap. What about the WN821N ? http://www.tp-link.com/products/productDet...model=TL-WN821N ^^ Should this theoretically work better than the WN722N ?
  9. Gday, Am looking for a wireless USB dongle for my new system. http://forums.atomicmpc.com.au/index.php?showtopic=41499 ^^ Ordered system It would have to be Windows 7 64bit compatible. I have an iiNet BoB, so I imagine I want something which supports 802.11n. Live in a single story villa, computer should be within 20 metres of the modem two doors between them, but they're almost always open (not quite line of sight though). Something like the WN111: http://www.netgear.com.au/au/Product/Adapt...reless-N-/WN111 ^^ WNDA3100 http://www.netgear.com.au/au/Product/Adapt...ess-N-/WNDA3100 ^^ I think I can get the first one for about $15, and the second one for $65. http://www.linksysbycisco.com/ANZ/en/products/WUSB600N ^^ WUSB600N for $55 I like the look of the EW-7811Un: http://www.edimax.com/en/produce_detail.ph...1&pl2_id=44 ^^ But have never heard of them before, probably about $30 Anyone have any suggestions? The $30 price point is probably ideal, but if someone tells me that an alternative is really worth it, then I'll get that instead. Thanks.
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    mITX build

    Gday, After Dasa's bad influence, I have gone with the Vertex3 SSD. I think I'll have to wait a bit, I was agonising a bit (aparently there's something dodgy with the newer 25nm Vertext2 SSD drives) and I think PCCaseGear has sold out of the SSD (that's okay, I've waited years to get a new system a week or two won't hurt too much), I really wanted something closer to $800, rather than $1000. Qty. Product Total 1 Silverstone SG06 Black Cube Mini-ITX Case $125.00 1 G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL (2x4GB) DDR3 $105.00 1 Gigabyte GA-H67N-USB3 Mini-ITX Motherboard B3 $149.00 1 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM $105.00 1 Intel Core i3 2100T $159.00 1 OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD $329.00 $972.00Sub-Total: $31.00Standard Shipping: $91.18GST Included: $1003.00Ordered ! Thanks for the feedback ! Edit: Ah, just realised that this doesn't have built in WiFi, that's a shame will look to get a Netgear Wireless N USB Adapter WN111v2
  11. Gday, I want to replace my very faulty Shuttle system which I've put up with for over two years now, see: http://forums.atomicmpc.com.au/index.php?s...c=35924&hl= ^^ CASE | Mini Towers / Slimline Silverstone SG05 Black Cube MiniITX Case, Front IO, 300W PSU, 1x SlimODD bay, 1ea 2.5 and 3.5in HDD bays, [G410SG05B000020] $119.00 CPU | Intel Socket 1155 Intel Core i3 2100T LOW POWER, 3.1GHz/LGA1155/35W, [BX80623I32100T] $161.00 MEMORY | DDR3 RAM 8GB G.Skill Dual Channel [RipjawsX], [GS-F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL], DDR3/1333MHz $105.00 STORAGE | Solid State Drive 60GB OCZ VERTEX 2 (E) 060G SATAII 2.5" SSD $177.00 M/B | ITX motherboard Gigabyte GA-H67N-USB3-B3, Intel H67/LGA1155/Mini ITX $149.00 SOFTWARE | Operating Systems Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM $105.00 Enter the amount you want in the Quantity field, to delete enter 0; Click on product's link to view the item's details Total inc. GST: $816.00^^Prices all from http://www.computeronline.com.au/ I don't play games, and no plans to overclock. Haven't thought about budget yet, but definitely not over $1000 for the box and contents. I like the small form factor, and I want to move away from a Shuttle based system. It'll be primarily used to play media, internet, and work (remote connections). I might want to move the box next our TV to play media too. Could you guys let me know what you think, and confirm if all the parts are compatible? I don't know about the memory compatibility and the SSD quality? I'll probably pillage one of the old SATA hard drives from by current Shuttle system and live without a DVD drive and prefer to get all the pieces from one place. Thanks. PS it's a pain in the arse to align those items/prices
  12. Gday, I have a Shuttle SP35P2 PRO, and it's been playing up for about a year now (I have been putting up with it for that long). It did not have this problem when I first got it, and I have not changed any internal components since. It's getting to the point where it's really annoying. There are no Window errors, it just loses power and starts itself up again. Typically it will do this two or three times before the system runs reasonably stably. I have attempted re-assembling the system a couple of times, running it with a different graphics card, only with one hard drive, and I still have the same problem. I think it's the power supply, and unfortunately I don't have a spare working one. I was wondering if there was an alternative to Shuttle's own hardware which will fit in the box. The power supply that should work is the PC70: http://www.shopbot.com.au/pp-shuttle-pc70-price-123198.html ^^ If I can get away with buying a similar sized power supply for about $50 I'd want to go with that. Spec is as follows: Intel Core2 6550 A-Data 2GB DDR800 (kit) Seagate 320GB SATA II Western Digital 500GB SATA II Gigabyte 8600GT 512MB Pioneer 215 Laser Internal Card Reader Running Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit, with the SP35S10O firmware. There's been no overclocking done to the system. Thanks.
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    Gamer Desktop Build

    I was expecting a suggestion to get the i3 as opposed to a more expensive i5. I plan to get all the parts from MSY, which graphics card should I go for then? The closest thing I can see is: 1G GTX460 Gigabyte $275 Is this one okay? I really wanted to get under $1000.
  14. Gday, I haven't built a computer for ages and when I have it was usually really budget PCs. My brother got Starcraft 2 and was hassling me as to why it ran like crap on his computer. His computer is around 10 years old now. Budget around $1000 for the box, would be good if it could play other games like Team Fortress 2 (no idea what other games are out right now honestly). DVD drive isn't necessary, I'll pinch that from old PC. I plan to source parts from MSY (am surprised to see that they have an online shopping cart of sorts now). There'll be no overclocking. Would want the motherboard to have USB3 connectivity. Here's what I've put together based on some builds in other threads: CPU: Core i5 650 $219 RAM: 4G Kit ddr3 1600 Kingston HyperX Blue $144 HDD: Seagate 1TB $81 VGA: 1GB 5850 Gigabyte $352 MOB: G-B P55A-UD3R $174 CASE: Antec NSK4000B-II $61 PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA-650 $103 OS: OEM 64 bit MS Win 7 Home Premium $110 Total $1,134 for box, plus $110 for OS. I feel that the graphics card is killing the budget in this build, but I have no idea what alternative to get, which will have legs. Comments/suggested backup components would be appreciated. Thanks.
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    Evangelion got me started, many many years ago, about 10 years ago now? Used to watch a tonne. These days there's only one that I really look forward to watching and that One Piece. Story is always solid, and it hasn't skipped a bit, I think there are about 424 episodes so far. Kind of stopped following the Bleach anime and switched to the manga. Still watch Naruto in batches every now and then. If you enjoyed Beck, I highly recommend Detroit Metal City. It's short but it's the best thing I have seen in recent times. Otherwise, go watch * Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya - was different, ran episodes in wrong order, great if you managed to get past the first episode * Lucky Star - simple character design, but a nerd liek me can relate to the stories * K-On - another music anime, light music club * Skip Beat - about a young lady * Saki - mahjong anime, the constant yuri theme and blushing might be a bit much * Ristorante Paradiso - slower paced, very story driven * Soul Eater (though I haven't finished watching this, you could say it's kind of like Bleach) * Samurai Champloo - good story about a journey * Bartender - liek this for similar reason to Ristorante Paradiso * Golden Boy - absolutely hilarious * Great Teacher Onizuka - just liek Golden Boy, this is a stack of laughs * Speed Grapher - a bit of action, * Gankutsuou -The Count of Monte Cristo- follows the story, but has a somewhat modern feel to it, the clothes are pretty funky too * Gallery Fake - kind of liek Ristorante Paradiso but less serious? ... okay list is getting a bit long, those are the ones which come to mind that I don't think have been mentioned yet. Hard to put into words why I liek watching them, but it's nice to occasionally watch an anime which isn't robots/action or nerdy guy with hoard of chicks around him anime.